Milton (Nicholas Cage) is an undead escapee from Hell seeking to rescue his infant granddaughter from Satanist Jonah King (Billy Burke) and his gang of cultists from sacrificing her to bring Hell to Earth. Along the way, he meets Piper (Amber Heard) who through a set of circumstances, reluctantly agrees to help him.
Meanwhile…..Hell has sent the diabolical “Accountant” (William Fichtner) to reclaim Milton and deliver him back to the devil.
Drive Angry is a 2011 Horror/Action film from the director of My Bloody Valentine and the Dracula 2000 Trilogy. Although Horror may be taking it a bit strongly, it certainly has clear supernatural elements in the storyline. It is first and foremost an action packed road movie that that has the feeling of one of those grindhouse 70’s films. While it certainly isn’t the kind of movie likely to draw all movie buffs, it does have a fairly good storyline, and a good blend of character development, and adrenalin- fueled excitement.
The performances in this movie are terrific to say the least. Cage as an action hero just works perfectly as the stereotypical action hero mostly is humorless and dead serious on getting the mission taken care of. Milton is a character who’s insight into the wrongs of his past life continue to haunt him long after his death, and much like in the shirt off the film classic The Crow, Milton is a good embodiment of Chaotic Antihero vs. Evil.
Amber Heard is far from being called a damsel in distress. In this chaotic world of cultists, killers, and car chases her portrayal of Piper is one of a strong independent woman who can clearly handle herself in this destructive situation. One could argue that in the case of Amber Heard in the role of Piper, it couldn’t be called anything short of perfect casting.
The villains of the film are also great in there portrayals. Billy Burke, fresh off of the Twilight Saga, playing the charismatic bad guy who dosent really care who stands in his way. He’s like a cross between a Charles Bronson villain and Jim Jones. Someone who let’s their own beliefs cloud their judgement and makes them to overconfident.
Fichtner as the Accountant is really where this movie has personality. He, like Milton, has a job to do and won’t let any of the distractions of the Earth keep him from accomplishing his mission. Like an infant, it’s almost like his character is discovering new things in the world around him all the time. It’s truly difficult to hate the Accountant in that in the end, he’s one of the more likable characters in the entire movie. Arguably, one of Fichtner’s greatest performances.
While the obvious 3D effects tend to distract and create a distance between the audience and the story, and is a bit bloodier than one would expect, it is still just a very good action film that reminds us that going to the movies should be a fun experience.